The multi-hyphenate star did not plan to attend the “Gilded Glamour” themed event on Monday, but Vogue and the Metropolitan Museum of Art made sure her presence was still there.
As a long-standing best-dressed attendee, Rihanna was honored in the museum with a stunning marble statue of the singer, showing off her pregnant silhouette.
“Shut down the met in marble! what’s more gilded than that? Lol! Thank you @metmuseum and @voguemagazine for this historic tribute!” the soon-to-be mother captioned a video.
She added: “Y’all bad for this one!”
Vogue also shared the video, noting that they elevated Rihanna’s statue to be the highest in the Greco-Roman galleries.
“The statue of ‘Eirene (The Personification of Peace)’ is usually the highest-profile marble goddess @themetmuseum Greco-Roman galleries,” the hosting outlet of fashion’s biggest night explained. “But now we’ve got @badgalriri, straight off this month’s Vogue cover.”
The singer, actress, entrepreneur and recent Forbes list billionaire covered Vogue for its May issue. Photographer Annie Leibovitz captured Rihanna for the cover image in a red lace bodysuit and gloves designed by Alaïa with coordinating red pumps and Chopard earrings.
The look was reimagined in marble for the museum.
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“When I found out I was pregnant, I thought to myself, ‘There’s no way I’m going to go shopping in no maternity aisle.’ I’m sorry—it’s too much fun to get dressed up,” Rihanna told Vogue. “I’m not going to let that part disappear because my body is changing.”
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Now her baby-bump fashion is revolutionizing standard maternity clothes for many.
The 34-year-old Fenty Beauty owner continued, “My body is doing incredible things right now, and I’m not going to be ashamed of that. This time should feel celebratory. Because why should you be hiding your pregnancy?”
“I’m hoping that we were able to redefine what’s considered ‘decent’ for pregnant women,” she said.
Contributing: Elise Brisco